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Old 08-18-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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So, was at the Braves game last night.................................WHICH LASTED FOREVER!!!
But, GO BRAVO!!! Can't win them all, but we are hard as .... to beat! We aren't losing easy!

But anyway, while I'm there I began to think about how every time I'm there, I can't help but notice the big green gap underneath the jumbo tron out in center field...
Then I start to think about some of the other, newer parks I've been to and how they have some sort of feature in the outfield that gives them a little character...

In Phoenix, if I remember right, they have a pool. I know in Denver, they have some mountain landscaping look. In LA/Angels stadium, there's a whole rock & waterfall thing that to me feels a little Disneyesque. Now, I know not all stadiums have something, but it makes me wonder if they could have done something with that space down there to give Turner Field some sort of character... Something else besides that enormous cow & coke bottle above.


Does anyone else ever think about this? If so, what do you imagine going there?
Anything that could SAY "Atlanta" character?


I've thought about maybe having a garden with a few small dogwood trees down there.
Or maybe a rock garden with statues of Braves Hall of Famers made of granite (because of Georgia's importance to granite industry).
Or maybe a large Magnolia Tree... But will that mess up the batters at home plate?

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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That area is the batter's eye, and MLB restricts what can be done there so as not to reduce visibility of an oncoming pitch.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yeah, I've noticed that too. Not a very appealing design feature, but Gulch makes a good point.

Another thing I don't like is the padded blue wall behind home plate. Many ballparks have cool-looking brick walls (or brick facades) behind the plate. Why not do something similar at Turner Field? It would be an improvement that would add some character to the ballpark, IMO.

Overall, though, Turner Field is pretty well designed... but there's also that tunnel behind home plate, which distracts me a bit because there are constantly people milling about back there as they walk to their seats carrying food & beverages.

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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That's where extra turf is grown for the field. It'd be cool for a pool, its hot enough during most summers.
Id like to see it the home of chief knockahoma. Maybe setup an indian camp.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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@Gulch - Yeah, I'm aware of that. That's why I was asking if having a Magnolia would be a problem with batters there.
But there are some stadiums that DO have something beneath that batter's eye space.

@cqholt - I agree, a pool WOULD be cool but kind of copy cat, right? Since it's already done. Don't Tampa & Miami have something interesting there also, like pools or a sting ray pool?
And I never knew that THAT is what is going on (growing turf for the field). Maybe they can do that somewhere else, like outside the stadium?

@stillstuckinthesouth - I agree that Turner Field was pretty well designed. I'm not at all mad at or even disappointed in it. But I also think some character behind home plate would be pretty cool. I'd rather it be more unique than copy others' brick back drop. Is there anything else besides brick that would look cool? Maybe kudzu?
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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@Gulch - Yeah, I'm aware of that. That's why I was asking if having a Magnolia would be a problem with batters there.
But there are some stadiums that DO have something beneath that batter's eye space.

@cqholt - I agree, a pool WOULD be cool but kind of copy cat, right? Since it's already done. Don't Tampa & Miami have something interesting there also, like pools or a sting ray pool?
And I never knew that THAT is what is going on (growing turf for the field). Maybe they can do that somewhere else, like outside the stadium?

@stillstuckinthesouth - I agree that Turner Field was pretty well designed. I'm not at all mad at or even disappointed in it. But I also think some character behind home plate would be pretty cool. I'd rather it be more unique than copy others' brick back drop. Is there anything else besides brick that would look cool? Maybe kudzu?

LOL No kudzu, please. That stuff will overtake the whole ballpark.

I know what you mean about those brick backdrops -- they've almost become the default backdrop. But that traditional look seems to fit well in ballparks, and it's definitely more attractive than those blue mats behind the plate at Turner Field. Come to think of it, Minnesota does something interesting -- I think they use locally sourced limestone which looks cool. Maybe they could use a Georgia-sourced material like that at Turner Field. Not Kudzu, though!
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Maybe they could use a Georgia-sourced material like that at Turner Field. Not Kudzu, though!
Granite from Stone Mountain.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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LOL No kudzu, please. That stuff will overtake the whole ballpark.

I know what you mean about those brick backdrops -- they've almost become the default backdrop. But that traditional look seems to fit well in ballparks, and it's definitely more attractive than those blue mats behind the plate at Turner Field. Come to think of it, Minnesota does something interesting -- I think they use locally sourced limestone which looks cool. Maybe they could use a Georgia-sourced material like that at Turner Field. Not Kudzu, though!
LOL! I was really just kidding about the kudzu, but you got the point.
Could you imagine kudzu taking over the walls! Would be a huge mistake!

I know what you mean about the wall at Target Field (Minnesota). It is different, however personally I can't stand it. But I DO like that it's different. Just seeing that light, paper bag color just messes with my eyes for some reason. But that IS a nice stadium (or so it seems. Yet to have been there).

What things are Georgia-sourced?

Granite - Maybe a good choice
Kudzu - Nah...
Red Clay??? Lol
Dahlonega gold? - Far TOO expensive for just a wall that's going to get hit by foul balls & wild pitches.

Anything else???
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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A peach orchard?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Granite from Stone Mountain.
Actually, thinking about it... That could be GREAT advertisement for Stone Mountain making it more prominent in Atlanta's tourism industry.

Imagine they make the wall behind the plate out of a slate grey granite (kind of like in Washington DC/Nationals Park), except, have part of that wall somewhat shaped and sculpted to look something like a miniture version of the face of Stone Mountain, with the whole 3 horsemen sculting and everything. And have it strategically off centered and placed so that when you watch the game on TV, you will see it without it being blocked by the pitcher, batter, catcher or umpire... People watch (for example) a Braves vs Dodgers playoff game would be bound to be curious about that wall sculpting they see during every pitch...
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